Confessions of a Solopreneur

The first time I jumped head-first into being self-employed, I did it without a game plan. Frustrated and struggling to grasp everything I needed to learn about managing myself and a business, I realized much of my suffering could have been be avoided. I’ve collected some business secrets over the […]

What to Charge as a Freelancer

One of the biggest challenges that freelancers face is determining what to charge for their services. Many factors can influence what you ultimately bill your client, such as the quality of your work, what your competitors are charging and your perceived value in the marketplace. Your cost of doing business […]

Do I Have to Be Canadian to Start a Business in B.C.?

If you’re wondering whether you can start a business in British Columbia if you’re not Canadian, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to sort through government regulations to find the answer to this frequently asked question. But it’s essential you know what you can and cannot do when it […]

No, Business Plans Aren’t Dead – So Write a Good One

There’s some debate about whether business plans should go the way of the dodo, or whether they’re essential to business success. But when you face the facts, it’s obvious that business plans aren’t dead. Banks need them before granting a loan, and potential partners or investors often want them as […]

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Business Innovative Idea Startups (Youth BiiS)

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Business Innovative Idea Startups (Youth BiiS) Program is an initiative funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-BC Job Fund to empower eligible young adults between 18 and 29 in their process for self-employment / business start-up in Metro Vancouver. Youth BiiS provides free business coaching for young […]

Rebuilding Your Business in BC and Across Canada

Making the decision to move from a foreign country to BC or elsewhere in Canada can be both exciting and overwhelming – especially if you are an entrepreneur with hopes of rebuilding your business outside your country of origin. You worked hard attaining higher education and or developing your business […]

How to Build a Business While Working Full-Time

I recently celebrated the day I decided to become an Independent Personal Trainer. I began this business venture already working full-time Monday to Thursday doing 10 hour shifts in the evening. This left me with mornings and weekends to study for my certification, design my website, maintain my social media […]

Using Financial Performance Data to Start and Grow Your Business

If you have a great business concept, it can be easy to get carried away without doing enough market research. And when you invest your time, resources and passion into your work, it can be hard to objectively evaluate where you stand in the market. However, it’s essential to know […]

Are You and Your Life Partner Compatible in Business Together?

Starting and running a business with your life partner offers some significant benefits and unique challenges. Partnering in business with your spouse, relative or best friend could potentially be the best decision of your life. Here are ways to determine whether you and your life partner are compatible in business, […]